Metaphors of Free Software

Paul van der Vlis paul at
Tue Sep 30 16:31:25 UTC 2014

op 30-09-14 17:22, lfodh at schreef:

>   Modification: Flowers for your garden
>   Free Software is like buying flowers for your garden. If the seed of
>   those flowers spreads and you get more flowers, you can give those
>   seeds or flowers away if you want to. Proprietary software is like
>   signing an agreement that you will never ever use or give away those
>   seeds or flowers.
> And accordings to my mother, in the gardening community, such an idea
> would be considered madness and an insult to the craft. ;)

There are many patents on plants and seeds, see:

But I like: "Proprietary software is like patented seed".

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis

Paul van der Vlis Linux systeembeheer, Groningen

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